During last year’s pandemic, Nya and her fiance went into hiding in the Uruguayan countryside. “This is where I was finally able to slow down and deal with unresolved trauma, something I never took the time for but desperately needed,” Nya says.
“This period of quiet reflection changed me for the better, and I felt strong and whole enough (with proper guidance) to stop an antidepressant that I had been taking since I was 18,” the author said. singer-songwriter at American Songwriter. “I’ll be honest, towards the end of the reduction process the withdrawal symptoms were abrupt and it put me back into a period of depression.”
Nya’s new song “Won’t Pick Up the Phone”, co-written with Femke, serves as a “reminder of me during this time to get my body and mind to adjust.” I had spent so much time scared of my mind before this experience, and when the symptoms finally eased, I felt empowered realizing that I was strong enough to pull myself out of this dark place.
“I would like people to listen to this song which, while being alive on this planet can be a beautiful thing, it also challenges us,” she continues. “The darkness and pain that comes from these challenges is universally human. When we can see this commonality, instead of feeling self-hate, we empower ourselves to deal with these painful feelings without worrying that they will engulf us all.
The pain has my number, wants to hold me tight / Heartbreak, it haunts me a lonely night, Nya sings on an Adele meets Amy Winehouse intensity, bringing together emotional fragments in a crisp, luminous mosaic. They must have called me a million times / Give me strength / They are not my friends.
In the accompanying visual, directed by Grant Spanier, Nya endures an almost out-of-body experience, as her physical form appears to levitate through the physical world with no real consciousness. Try to take me to hell tonight, but I won’t move / I saw the dark, and I prefer the sun, she reveals the darker edges of her heart. You almost broke me, but it wasn’t enough / You underestimate what I would do for love.
Originally from Tampa, Nya fell in love with the work of Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Aretha Franklin at a young age, before turning to contemporary predecessors like Amy Winehouse. “I would sing and feel completely free, finally able to expel all these pent up feelings,” she reflected. “To this day, that’s how singing makes me feel.
“Music and songwriting have a healing power and an ability to show people that they are not alone,” she adds, “whether in their joy or in their pain. It certainly gave me that kind of comfort; this is my therapeutic diary. I am constantly evolving, sonorously, especially as I learn and grow. But a word that I hope will always describe what I write: sincere.
Nya started releasing a series of singles in 2017, leading to an EP called Southern countries in 2018. Other singles followed, as well as a follow-up EP, Wait, in 2019. Throughout her fledgling songwriter career so far, she has certainly learned a few tricks of the trade. The most important being “to be open, to learn, to collaborate and to follow your own intuition,” she says, offering some advice to new songwriters. “When you allow your heart and mind to open up to people and ideas (which keep your health and safety in mind), you are not limiting yourself. “
“Won’t Pick Up the Phone” presents an upcoming EP, titled Requiem from me, slated for release later this year. Meanwhile, Nya is preparing “some fun live performance content for the future, and I’m back in the studio working on an album,” she teases. “With the world slowly opening up, I am delighted to be working and collaborating again in real life. “